Sunday, October 30, 2011

"Energy Internet" : Jeremy Rifkin : The Third Industrial Revolution

podcast: Jeremy Rifkin | The Third Industrial Revolution @ Tech Nation / IT Conversations

book: @ amazon

A very compelling story... and very interesting person...

Jeremy Rifkin has recognized that society is shaped by energy,
and that world has started transition from second industrial revolution,
based on centralized energy production (coal, oil, nuclear...)
to a whole new paradigm of distributed, green, energy creation and consumption.

Along the way of this revolution, many things are changing,
and Europe and Germany are apparently leading the technology wave...
By the way, Jeremy is main adviser of EU on energy topi
In his assessment, when Americans learn the story,
they could embrace and lead this new revolution...

Rifkin's "third" industrial revolution is based on "five pillars:"
  1. A general shift to renewable energy.
  2. Micro-generation of clean energy in homes, offices and other buildings.
  3. Hydrogen and other forms of energy storage in homes and throughout the economy
  4. an "Internet-like" smart energy grid "InterGrid" that would allow individuals to generate power and then distribute it, and
  5. Conversion of transportation away from fossil fuels to electric plug-in or hydrogen fuel cells.

Jeremy Rifkin:

From another book from the same author: The Empathic Civilisation @ YouTube Jeremy Rifkin on "the empathic civilization" @ TED

interview @ SFGate In his latest book, The Third Industrial Revolution, economist and author Jeremy Rifkin argues that the crash of the US housing market was not the proximate cause of the Great Recession, but was instead an aftershock of crude oil hitting a price of $147 per barrel oil in July 2008 – 60 days prior to the crash of the financial markets.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Facebook 0.06% = 600,000 account logins compromised every day

Red Tape - Facebook says 600,000 account logins compromised every day

Facebook says that "only 0.06 percent of 1 billion logins per day are compromised."

That might sound like an impressive record, but doing the math, that means 600,000 accounts are hacked or otherwise compromised every day. Facebook's 0.06 percent figure seems intentionally precise, so it's probably fair to surmise that potentially 18 million accounts per month are impacted.

security @ facebook

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gmail Desktop notifications in Chrome

One more reason why Chrome is getting market share from Firefox...
Integration with Gmail...

For people that spend most of the time on desktop or laptop, there is no urgent need to use smartphone for email notifications, since there is already a browser with big screen in from of them.

There was a plugin notifier for Firefox that could do this,
but it is not supported anymore, since "Constant Gmail changes are making this no longer fun"...

In Chrome browser this is one of embedded features,
and Chrome has quick auto-updates on every start,
so updates are transparent anyway.

Chrome is becoming for Firefox almost like IE for Netscape at the time of browser wars...

Anyway, this nice feature is not enabled by default,
and here are the steps:

Desktop notifications in Chrome - Gmail Help

  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Login to Gmail
  • Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail,
  • select Mail settings.
  • On the General tab, select the option you'd like in the Desktop Notifications section.

    You'll be able to turn Chat notifications on or off, and can also choose to turn email notifications off, receive notifications for all incoming email, or only those Gmail marks 'important'.
    Click Save.
  • AI-class: "Monty Hall Problem"

    Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors:
    Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats.
    You pick a door, say No. 1 [but the door is not opened],
    and the host, who knows what's behind the doors,
    opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat.
    He then says to you, "Do you want to pick door No. 2?"
    Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?

    The Monty Hall Paradox

    Monty Hall Problem, Stanford AI-class, video with text

    video answer with text

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Perfect Design: Golden Ratio Cloud Icon

    There is only one Cloud Icon in the Entire Universe - Scott Hanselman

    Apple's logo artists have infused the iCloud logo with some mathematical elegance. In this case, the golden ratio or φ...Simple, but profound. Awesome Apple's design philosophy.

    Azure Data Market

    Windows Azure Data Market

    Buy and sell data...

    Apparently Microsoft has taken Tim O'Reilly's Wen 2.0 idea that "Data is the Next Intel Inside" web seriously, and created marketplace for data based on OData

    (Open Data Protocol)
    they are pushing to become standard for online data services...

    One of the "free" services provided on the Marketplace is Microsoft Translator
    that I have mentioned recently as a "free" alternative
    to now "not free" Google translator...

    Well, it turned out that it is free only for 2000 calls per month...
    After this the price appears to be higher than Google's...

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    "Sputnik moment", America's Future, Statistics

    article: Where's Sputnik? (PDF)by Michael Milken

    podcast @ stanford:
    Mike Milken | Taking Responsibilty for America's Future

    Toward a New American Century
    By Michael Milken, The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2010

    Presentation 20110306 (PDF)

    other docs

    10 years of iPod

    They grow up so fast: today is the 10 year anniversary of the iPod

    Android iRis vs iPhone 4S Siri

    Android Developers Create Siri Rival "Iris" in 8 Hours @ tom's guide

    While Android boss Andy Rubin told an AsiaD audience that smartphone users should talk to people, not to their devices (essentially poking a stick as Apple's new Siri feature on the iPhone 4S), an Android development team named Dexetra was hard at work creating a rival product called "Iris."

    As usual, Apple is actually getting free advertising
    for their bold move to AI...

    Same as before with iPod and iPad, the technology is not all new,
    but the quality of implementation is made good enough
    for (many) regular users, not only geeks...

    So, will there now be plenty of (so and so :) "intelligent" agents
    on personal computing and communicating devices,
    same as there are plenty of touchscreen-only mobile devices?
    You can bet on that...

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    HP MicroServer for $329

    HP ProLiant MicroServer series specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products

    This used to be "Home Server"... Now evolved to a SMB solution...
    Plug-and-play for file and print sharing, backup, and similar tasks
    No Exchange and no SharePoint, but Hyper-V is available.

    It is not a surprise that HP would like to sell software instead of hardware:
    This device hardware price is $329,
    and with Windows Server Essentials is $899
    So, software cost is 2x more than hardware...

    podcast @ RunAsRadio

    review @ SilentPcReview

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    REST in peace, SOAP

    Royal Pingdom: REST in peace, SOAP

    Looks like the tide of the web API protocol war (if there ever was one) has shifted firmly in REST’s favor while SOAP has been forced back. Web developers have cast their votes, they want RESTful APIs.

    How REST replaced SOAP on the Web: What it means to you @ infoq

    source: Programmable Web

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple

    article: Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple @ Businessweek + podcast

    ...iOS operating system, which runs the iPhone and iPad, devices that account for 70 percent of Apple’s revenues... The iPhone alone, since its 2007 debut, has generated more than $70 billion in sales...

    Scott Forstall, the person in charge of iOS behaves much like Steve Jobs did,
    obsessing about details and perfection...
    At the age of 42 he already has 50 patents... (Steve Jobs has 342)

    And he is also apparently driving same same model of car
    as the company’s charismatic co-founder did: Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

    But the story has even more interesting details...
    Apparently iOS, that is based on same "core" as Mac OS, "squeezed" to run on the phone, "won" over alternative idea for iPhone OS based on iPod mp3 player mini-OS.

    About the same time new iPhone OS is introduced,
    person in charge of iPod at the time, Jon Rubinstein has left Apple,
    and soon after joined Palm to create WebOS there...
    We have all observed how that went... The OS is good, but limited...

    Microsoft's Windows Mobile, is also "bottom-up" design for small devices.
    Attempts to "scale it up" basically failed.
    So Windows Phone 7 has "squeezed" desktop technology, Silverlight, to a small device... And now Windows 8 is finally attempting to "squeeze" desktop OS to tablets...

    So, thanks to Forstall's 15-person team achievement,
    huge number of people now carry a "real computer" in their pocket...

    ...In addition to building the iOS group from a tiny skunkworks into an operation with hundreds of employees, Forstall has pushed deal-shy Apple toward acquisitions that further enhance his team and influence. Last year he lobbied to buy Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising company, and Siri, the startup that provided the technological underpinnings of the iPhone’s new feature. “He knows what he wants, and he’s driven to get it,” says AT&T (T) Chief Technology Officer John Donovan. “He can be relentless about getting it...”

    Here is how one more great software entrepreneur, describes his car (the same): new mercedes SL55 is close to sex on wheels...the diamond silver is a special color scheme that looks awesome on the car...SL55 gives a throaty roar when you floor the accelerator. that, combined with the retractable roof, the panoramic sunroof, and all the other mod cons, makes an unbeatable combination...

    HTML5 apps at Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

    Jeff Prosise's Blog : Building Cross-Platform Mobile Applications with HTML5 and Mango

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    The Tablet Show

    The Tablet Show

    a "Spin-off" podcast of excellent .NET Rocks.

    "Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell bring you the best minds in software development for tablets, covering WinRT/Metro, iOS, and Android development"

    Calling the show "tablet" is admitting reality that there is more to (Windows++) programming than .NET ...

    Near the end of the first show there was a question how to start Metro development without a tablet? The answer was not "run VM"; it was "go buy the tablet" :)
    That is Samsung Series 7 Slate, that was received by all 5000 attendees of Build with Windows 8 CTP installed.

    iPad sales are safe for now, since this Windows 8 device is more than $1100, more than twice the price of iPad...

    WinRT: A bad picture is worth a thousand long discussions

    A bad picture is worth a thousand long discussions. « Doug Seven

    Microsoft "marketecture diagram" presented on Build conference

    Adjusted, closer to reality

    AI-class Artistic notes (LarveCode)

    An online (YouTube) "experiment" in education,
    free online training by some of best experts,
    attended by over 130,000 students in more than 190 countries.

    And there are some artistic students, taking notes

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Dennis Ritchie, C & Unix

    Dennis Ritchie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Creator of C programming language and co-creator of Unix Operating System
    died 2011-10-8, at age of 70.

    C is still one of most popular languages, after 40 years, and if we count its derivatives (C++, Java, C# etc), majority of programming today is C-based.

    Sage goes for Unix: Mac and iPhone is directly based on Unix, Android is based on Linux that is based on Unix, even Windows is "POSIX compliant", that means compatible with basic Unix APIs: most computers today, from smallest to largest, are based on Unix.

    Bottom line, most of programs and computers today are based on "ideas DNA" of this one person, and his countless followers.

    In today's technology world, that could be more influential that creators of major religions...

    @ New York Times

    @ PC Mag

    @ars technica

    #include <stdio.h>
    int main(void) {
        printf("RIP, dmr.\n");
        return 0;

    Solar Energy "perpetuum mobile" alchemy

    A Green Energy Dream Grows in the Sahara - IEEE Spectrum

    Koinuma, a professor at the University of Tokyo, is the dreamer behind the Sahara Solar Breeder Project, a proposal that he says could supply a major portion of the world’s energy.

    The idea: Perfect a process that turns the Sahara’s sand into high-purity silicon suitable
    for making solar panels, build factories in Algeria to churn out those photovoltaic panels, and establish solar power stations throughout empty desert land. Then send the abundant clean electricity produced across vast distances—around Africa, Europe, and the Middle East—via high-temperature superconducting transmission lines.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Steve Jobs @ BusinessWeek

    An excellent story, a complete issue only about Steve Jobs @ Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine

    Steve Jobs: The Beginning, 1955-1985
    The high school loner who figured out what the world wanted from technology

    Steve Jobs: The Wilderness, 1985-1997

    Cast out from Apple, Jobs tried—and failed—to make a different kind of computer

    Steve Jobs: The Return, 1997-2011
    In his third act, Jobs led Apple on a run of success unprecedented in corporate history

    Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    A strange but possibly useful configuration
    where one Windows server computer could handle many "terminals",
    i.e. many keyboard/mouse/screens, or "thin client" computers.
    Just plug them to USB ports and "play"...

    Originally developed for schools, now available for small business also
    (up to 20 clients per server).

    Here is podcast interview about MultiPoint Server @ RunAsRadio

    Almost the same thing was X-Windows on Unix, many, many years ago.
    With Linux, it is "free", not counting IT cost.
    And this "IT cost" is what Microsoft wants to reduce...

    The cost may be a little lower than using full-featured client computers,
    but installation and management is centralized and simplified...
    "Simple" with Microsoft technology is a "relative" concept :)
    Still could be useful...

    Oracle attempted similar with "Network Computer" 15 years ago...
    Are computers are now really 100+ times faster? (Moore's law)

    "Legacy" apps may be a good reason for Microsoft's solution.
    But if all users need is a HTML5 capable browser, what is the server for?

    Soon enough there will be "monitors" with Chrome browser embedded,
    or Mozilla's "Boot to Gecko (B2G)",
    a HTML5 web browser without the OS. Just a browser "on the metal".

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Mobile & Intelligent (Siri @ iPhone 4s by SRI)

    The best new feature on iPhone 4s, "intelligent agent" Siri ("virtual personal assistant") is developed by SRI and funded by DARPA ("Siri-ously DARPA" @ Fast Company)...

    Apple purchased SRI spin-off company that made Siri App,
    and then improved and included in iOS 5.

    Here comes Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Mobile Devices on every new iPhone :)

    Born out of SRI International’s CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) project, the largest artificial intelligence effort in U.S. history, Siri utilizes advanced technologies to enable an intelligent, context-aware, question-and-answer interaction with humans, in the service of task delegation and completion.

    SRI was founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946...

    SRI + DARPA also invented Internet (first called ARPANET) in 1969...

    HTML5 Canvas Drawing Lines

    The future of GUI is HTML5. Just ask Microsoft.
    And this includes graphics, too.

    I have observed a strange issue that lines show 2-pixel wide,
    even when "stroke" width is selected to be 1 pixel.
    As usual, there is a rational and useful explanation and solution...

    This good (free online) book has answers to right questions...

    Canvas - Dive Into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim (@ Google)

    for (var x = 0.5; x < 500; x += 10) {
      context.moveTo(x, 0);
      context.lineTo(x, 375);
    Q: Why did you start x and y at 0.5? Why not 0?

    A: Imagine each pixel as a large square. The whole-number coordinates (0, 1, 2…) are the edges of the squares. If you draw a one-unit-wide line between whole-number coordinates, it will overlap opposite sides of the pixel square, and the resulting line will be drawn two pixels wide. To draw a line that is only one pixel wide, you need to shift the coordinates by 0.5 perpendicular to the line's direction.

    For example, if you try to draw a line from (1, 0) to (1, 3), the browser will draw a line covering 0.5 screen pixels on either side of x=1. The screen can’t display half a pixel, so it expands the line to cover a total of two pixels:

    A line from (1,0) to (1,3) is drawn 2 pixels wide

    But, if you try to draw a line from (1.5, 0) to (1.5, 3), the browser will draw a line covering 0.5 screen pixels on either side of x=1.5, which results in a true 1-pixel-wide line:

    A line from (1.5,0) to (1.5,3) is draw 1 pixel wide

    Steve Jobs turtlenecks

    The real reason Steve Jobs wore turtlenecks | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

    Jobs took a trip to Japan in the 1980s and was rather moved to see everyone at Sony wearing a uniform
    Jobs discovered that the Sony garb was designed by the fine Japanese fashion icon Issey Miyake. So he asked Miyake to create, dare one even imagine it, an Apple vest for all of Cupertino to wear.
    Apple employees expressed aggressively negative reservations about such a 1984-ish suggestion
    The Apple CEO and Miyake, though, stayed in touch. Jobs' enthusiasm for a personal uniform remained undimmed, so he asked Miyake to make him some of his classic black turtlenecks. He received "hundreds of them."
    Jobs understood that the more he was seen in public, the more he felt he ought to project a consistent brand image for his own personal identity.

    Saturday, October 08, 2011

    Responsive Architecture & Web Design

    In the book "Responsive Web Design" about modern web design (HTML5),
    recommended on a Microsoft seminar,
    I have learned about interesting trend in modern architecture:
    buildings that change to adjust to environment!

    Responsive architecture ... measure actual environmental conditions (via sensors) to enable buildings to adapt their form, shape, color or character responsively (via actuators).
    The term "responsive architecture" was given to us by Nicholas Negroponte (MIT Media Lab, "One Laptop Per Child, etc), who first conceived of it during the late nineteen sixties when spatial design problems were being explored by applying cybernetics to architecture.

    In the Web world, "responsive" means that web pages/applications
    auto-adjust to size an capabilities of web browser.
    So there is no separate "mobile" development, and pages always "fit" the screen.

    Here is one example.
    Try to change size (width) of browser window, to observe changes.

    new tools - tools

    Recently has changed the owner,
    and they completely changed this online service.
    It is not backward compatible, so related tools (browser plugins) do not work anymore :(
    New versions of the tools are needed... Or using simple javascript links...

    Apple apprentices

    Interactive graphic: Apple apprentices show Steve Jobs' influence –
    At the helm of Apple for decades, Steve Jobs not only created innovative and iconic products popular the world over, he also fostered creativity and ambition in his employees. Many Apple workers went on to lead other technology companies, from the social sphere to entertainment.

    Friday, October 07, 2011

    Khan Academy founder: “Helping people is more important than making money” | VentureBeat

    Khan Academy founder: “Helping people is more important than making money” | VentureBeat"

    “If you have enough money to buy a house and a couple Hondas, you have everything you need. Beyond that, you should be optimizing for your happiness.”

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Kindle Fire Reached 95K Pre-Orders in 24hrs

    Kindle Fire Reached 95K Pre-Orders in 24hrs

    iPhone 4S vs. Best of the Rest

    How the iPhone 4S Stacks Up With the Best of the Rest | Gadget Lab |

    It appears that only iPhone 4S has support for multiple networks...
    And "Siri"

    Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

    While Android phones are getting larger, iPhone is getting smarter.

    Apple Siri: the next big revolution in how we interact with gadgets?
    ...Siri is plugged into Yelp and Wolfram Alpha (a search engine dedicated to finding facts instead of Web pages). If you ask Siri how much $45 is in British pounds, it can tell you the answer. Or how many cups are in a gallon (16, for the measurement challenged). But again, the best part of this is that you don’t have to tone down or over compensate for computer hearing. Siri listens like a person, and often responds that way, too.
    ...the entire focus of Apple over the past few years, the company wants the desktop computer to disappear and something else to take its place. Siri looks like it’s going to be a big part of that disappearing act...

    Apple's next iPhone makes its debut @ cnet

    SlideShare moves to HTML5

    SlideShare moves to HTML5

    The next step: PowerPoint HTML5 :)
    In fact, there is already Office Live PowerPoint, web-based, with same look-and-feel as desktop app...

    Building CodeTweet for Windows Phone 7, iOS and Android

    CODE Magazine has a an excellent series or articles with step-by-step instruction for building equivalent native mobile applications for:

    It would be nice to see similar multi-platfrom solution based on HTML5, that would in fact be most natural for this task...

    Another interesting alternative would be using .NET code with Mono for Android and Mono for iOS. I think that Xamaring, a new company of creators of Mono in currently very busy making good documentation, so that may be coming soon.

    Related event:

    WinRT and Metro style apps for Windows 8

    Windows 8 WinRT platform is a significant change from previous versions of Windows based on Win32 and COM. In fact, many features of .NET are re-considered and re-designed: .NET was originally developed with codename COM+, but it is not based on COM; WinRT is also based on elements of COM, could call it COM++ :)

    One of big challenges of using classic COM from C++ was verbose code.
    A new solution for WinRT is modified C++ language, in addition to a native library.
    There is also a "managed" .NET interface, used only form .NET languages.

    Deep diving WinRT and Metro style apps for Windows 8


  • is the Windows runtime that exposes the functionality of the operating system in an object-oriented flavour.
  • It is not managed code and does not need. NET Framework
  • Uses the "Projections" that allow different languages ​​to interact with the operating system (C + +, C #, VB.Net, JavaScript)
  • Managed languages ​​sitting on WinRT still need the CLR. The .Net Framework included in Windows 8 is version 4.5
  • WinRT is built with COM technology and keep all relevant mechanisms (IUnknown, AddRef / Release, Apartment for threading models, the STA message pump to handle).
  • WinRT simplifies many of the old COM concepts. For example it removes connection points and IDispatch to allow dynamic languages ​​to interact with it.
  • The WinRT type system is small but larger than the COM. For example, BSTR no longer exists but, for example, the string has a memory layout similar to the one used by the CLR. This avoids the copies during marshalling. WinRT can expose the memory of the string to both managed and native code without performance penalties.
  • Among the changes in the type system there are the collection (including observable type) that are constructed / mapped by the projection automatically.
  • The projection of C++ directly map to the structures compatible with the STL (Standard Template Library).
  • Projections in WinRT are customized language-by-language and allow for the best performances.
  • You can write extensions to expose custom native code to applications using WinRT. But these extensions are private to that application and cannot be shared (no regsvr32)
  • Metro Contracts are exposed as COM interfaces, and most developers will never need to go down to level COM interface in order to use them
    At the lowest level there is WinRL, a C + + library used by the Windows team to build anything that exposes WinRT. It is believed that no one needs it (except myself of course)
  • WinRT versioning is based on the concepts of COM and allow evolving the interfaces in future versions of Windows.

    The Framework.NET:

  • It is useful to those who need the CLR benefits (garbage collection, etc..) And therefore will be used in C # and VB.NET
  • It is not essential and therefore JavaScript and C + + does not use it.
    Many libraries (BCL Winform, and everything he does I / O on video disk and so on) are not used by Metro. Applications must use specific WinRT functions. For example everything related to XAML (Metro-style) has been rewritten in native code.
  • There is a new XAML interpreter written in native code that maps XAML controls to Metro native controls
  • In the same way (for those who knows PhoneGap) html5 tags are mapped to native controls WinRT
  • XAML and HTML5 are peers, interchangeable and sit on the graphics engine (based on DirectX) applications that render Metro
  • Sunday, October 02, 2011

    3D helicopter view in Google Maps

    Google launches 3D helicopter view in Google Maps

    To utilize the new feature, simply plug in a start point and a end point to the directions section of Google Maps. After calculating the route, look for a “3D” button next to the text “Driving directions”

    (requires installing Google Earth plugin)

    from Carmel, CA to Big Sur, CA

    Saturday, October 01, 2011 disaster

    Delicious was "rescued" by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen,
    from the "neglect" it had been suffering under Yahoo.

    Sometimes, the best "action" is no action at all.

    Now, the "new" web site is up and running, and it has too many problems to count.
    It is a complete re-write, and not backward compatible, and not all data are transferred...
    There is a lot of "lessons" that could be learned from this obvious "disaster",
    an simple summary is:

    Evolution is much better than REvolution.

    Changes need to gradual, in particular when a service is in use for a long time, as was. Just ask Chinese government :)

    Another important element: original creator of Delicious is not involved in this new site,
    he is now working for Google... So whatever comes from the changes
    will likely be very different, and indications are not better...

    As an active user of delicious, I now regret for not moving to some more stable service sooner,
    or implementing similar simple service for myself, as I was using before

    Time to look at delicious's (new) REST API
    A good thing: it appears to be working...

    Oh, Delicious — where did it all go so wrong? @ GigaOm

    AVOS’ Delicious Disaster: Lessons from a Complete Failure @ZDNet

    Chrome vs. Firefox

    Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox (by December 2011) - Computerworld

    Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.

    Windows 7 "themes" packs, Serbian landscapes

    Windows 7 themes

    Browse and preview themepacks for Windows 7 - Bing Visual Search

    Serbian Landscapes

    Create a (Windows 7) theme

    Mouse without Borders - SW KVM tool

    Microsoft download from The Garage: Mouse without Borders - Next at Microsoft - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    The way it is used is very simple: install a software tool on multiple computers, using a "code" generated on first installation, to put computers in a "group".
    Now, a mouse can "move" from one computer to another
    same as it can move from one monitor to another on the same computer.
    And when you "click" on another computer, the keyboard get assigned to that computer!
    Pure (software) "magic". can control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard with no extra hardware needed – it’s all software magic, developed by Truong Do who by day is a developed for Microsoft Dynamics. The software is easy to setup and in addition to enabling drag and drop of files, you can lock or log in to all PCs from one PC...

    Video: Check It Out: Mouse Without Borders @ Microsoft Channel 9